MDAH staff bring us this blog post in honor of Eudora Welty’s birthday, April 13, and to recognize National Library Week, April 10-16.
Many libraries collect yearbooks, and the MDAH library holds hundreds of volumes from schools across the state. In recognition of National Library Week, this series features yearbooks from the MDAH library. The yearbook format showcases sports teams, obsolete fashions and hair styles in photographs and illustrations—some are humorous. Many yearbooks have written pieces such as jokes, stories, class histories, and even a “last will and testament of a senior class.” Students were categorized: prettiest girl, most popular girl, most stylish girl, all-around girl. Notable people can be often found in the pages.
This yearbook from 1922 features one of Jackson’s most famous residents. Eudora Welty was born in 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi. The daughter of Christian Webb Welty and Chestina Andrews Welty, Welty became perhaps the most distinguished graduate of the Jackson Public School system. She graduated from Jackson’s Central High School in 1925.
Issues of The Quadruplane are available to patrons at the MDAH library: 1910-1917, 1919-1928. Further issues entitled Cotton Boll are available: 1929-1931, 1934-1977
For further information regarding Eudora Welty please visit the Eudora Welty House and Garden website.